FOOTBALL: Daniels must play to their strengths

Stamford manager Graham Drury.
Stamford manager Graham Drury.
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DANIELS boss Graham Drury has warned his side must play to their strengths, ahead of their game at Loughborough tomorrow evening.

Stamford’s unbeaten start to the season came to an inglorious end with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Romulus on Saturday.

Liam Francis and Nathan Jackson scored for the West Midlands side to inflict Stamford’s first defeat of the season and Drury offered no excuses.

“We got sucked into a battle against a strong physical side, which was what they wanted,” said Drury. “We were naive.

“We did not pass the ball well. I did not think our movement or choice of passes was good.

“Jack Cotton and Richard Jones did well at the back. They were the pick of the bunch but that proves we did not play in front of the back four.”

He added: “It’s perhaps a good thing that we’re playing tomorrow. Hopefully we will put it right.”

The Daniels boss, who had been named manager of the month just a day earlier, put both goals down to mistakes.

A poor decision by Richard Stainsby, playing in place of the suspended Elliott Shilliam, to come for a cross that he shouldn’t have, gifted Romulus their 13th minute opener, and Jackson fired in a 25 yard strike in the 90th minute to end hopes of Stamford salvaging a point.

“Richard has held his hands up for the first and Robbie (Maddox) really should have shown their guy outside and not allowed him to cut inside,” said Drury.

“But I’m a big believer in moving forward to the next game and hopefully we will put it right.”

Jack McGovern and Paul Mayo have ruled of tomorrow’s match against Loughborough Dynamo, which kicks off an Nanpanton Road at 7.45pm.